Hotmail fails to block SirCam worm

This worm is already raging a week over the internet,I recieved it my self over the 20 times.

The anti-virus protection offered by Microsoft’s Hotmail service hasn’t been updated to protect users against the prolific SirCam worm.

Register readers have written in to inform us that the McAfee virus scanning engine used by Hotmail does not stop users either sending or receiving the bug which has become a major nuisance for Internet users this week.

The McAfee virus scanner (Security Services for MSN) used by the revamped Hotmail blocks earlier bugs, such as the Anna Kournikova worm, but not SirCam. We understand it is MSN who is most at fault here, for not updating virus definition files to detect a bug, which lest we forget, is now nine days old.

Informed sources tell us Hotmail’s protection is updated on Thursday night, so hopefully things will be put right soon. In fairness Hotmail is one of the few Web-based email services to have any virus protection, but it is so widely used that if the service blocks the spread of SirCam it would make a great contribution to curtailing its outbreak.

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Source: The Register